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Shigeko Sese Uno Interview

Date: September 18, 1998
Location: Seattle, Washington
Videographer: Steve Hamada
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1000-98
02:30:26
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Nisei female born 1915 in Seattle, Washington's International District. At an early age became active in the Japanese Baptist Church. Parents owned and operated a dairy plant called White River Dairy. Was a student at the Baptist Missionary Training School in Chicago, Illinois. Took a group of young women on an eye-opening trip to Japan right before the war started. Incarcerated with her family in Puyallup Assembly Center with a newborn baby, moving to Minidoka concentration camp before relocating to the East Coast. Returned to Seattle in 1947 and became the first Asian American and first woman to work at the Rainier Heat and Power Company, then a key property owner and landlord in the International District. She was the first woman president of the Japanese American Citizens League, and played a lead role in the redress movement. Shigeko Sese Uno passed away in 2007.
This interview is part of the Densho Visual History Collection. Visit Densho for more information.

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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Father's immigration story: "They jumped on the first boat they thought was destined for America" Segment 1 of 32 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington The family's dairy plant, White River Dairy, Washington Segment 2 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington First exposure to the Baptist religion, memories of being "gathered" up for nursery school Segment 3 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington A family separated, mother and brothers leave for Japan, and a half sister arrives Segment 4 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, performances at the Nippon Kan Theatre Segment 5 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington The Courier sports leagues Segment 6 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Activities at Seattle's Japanese Baptist Church: cooking classes, sports, the Young Peoples Christian Conference, and prayers for peace Segment 7 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Warm memories of attending Baptist Missionary Training School in the Midwest Segment 8 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 9 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Returning home to help run the dairy as father returns to Japan to die Segment 10 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Meeting husband Segment 11 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Chaperoning young women on a church trip to Japan shortly before the war, being followed and questioned by police Segment 12 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Days following Pearl Harbor, "We're gonna put those Japs ... in camp, behind barbed wire" Segment 13 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Giving birth to daughter as family prepares to "evacuate," sharing a hospital room with the inconsolable wife of a serviceman Segment 14 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Caring for a newborn baby in Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington Segment 15 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Violating the curfew to see sick mother-in-law, and father-in-law is detained Segment 16 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Fellow camp inmate describes losing child during the curfew, too afraid to go to a hospital Segment 17 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Impact of mass removal on family business, selling at a loss, "we never recovered from, really..." Segment 18 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Conditions in Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, dust everywhere -- turning to mud in winter Segment 19 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Leaving Minidoka concentration camp, finding a sponsor and a warm reception in Winetka, Illinois Segment 20 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Questioned by the FBI while living and speaking about the incarceration in Boston, Massachusetts Segment 21 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 22 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Resettling in Boston, Massachusetts Segment 23 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Returning to Beacon Hill in Seattle, Washington, arriving to a vandalized home and getting involved in the community again Segment 24 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Opening an ice creamery, a community hub in Seattle's International District Segment 25 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Working at Rainier Heat and Power, a powerful position benefiting Seattle's International District Segment 26 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Involvement in the Seattle Asian American community Segment 27 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Involvement in the Seattle Asian American community Segment 28 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Thoughts on redress, money was the only way the government would understand... Segment 29 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Reflections on the incarceration experience, the good and the bad Segment 30 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 31 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Defending the Japanese American Citizens League's role during the mass removal: "It's very easy to say things...in hindsight, but at the time..." Segment 32 of 32 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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